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Dragon Challenge

Theme Park Insider Reader Rating: 8 out of 10

Roller Coaster
Minimum height to ride: 54 inches

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Islands of Adventure's Dueling Dragons roller coaster was rethemed to the Tri-Wizard Tournament's "Dragon Challenge" for the Wizarding World of Harry Potter when the land opened in 2010. Like on Dueling Dragons, there are two interlocking coasters, renamed the Chinese Fireball and the Hungarian Horntail. The two Bolliger & Mabillard inverted coasters no longer "duel," riding next to one another at points on the track, due to several incidents in the past where passengers lost personal items, such as glasses and cell phones, that flew toward passengers on the other track at the moment as it was passing.


Though I didn't enjoy walking a mile to get to the ride, the ride itself is a lot of fun. Not much more than a bare bones roller coaster, but, with Hulk closed, I needed some good old B&M looping goodness. The lack of dueling really hurts the ride since it was once so special and unique. Now, the two coasters just feel like sub-par B&M inverts. Of the two, Blue is much better in my opinion. 7/10
Fun coaster! I prefer the red track.
Its a bit too rough for me though its queue is pretty cool with the cup and the caverns. 7/10
Good inverted roller coaster with a beautifully themed queue. While not as good as it once was when the two coaster "raced" each other, Dragon Challenge is still an exciting coaster. Harry Potter fans may even want to take a walk through the queue in order to see the amazing theming (goblet of fire, triwizard cup, Arthur Weasley's flying car) even if they don't want to ride the actual roller coaster. 7/10
Great roller coaster, could use some queue changes (less mazelike, easier access for re-riders).
When it was a dueling roller coaster, it was a 10/10. Now due to a few dumb actions by a few people it will never duel again but it is still a really good roller coaster. The red coaster is faster and seems to have better airtime while the blue coaster is a bit slower and has more intense inversions. Both are worth riding. Since Dueling Dragons became Dragon Challenge with the opening of the new Harry Potter land, the line for Dragon Challenge rarely is long unless one coaster is operating. 8/10
My first coaster and one of my favorites. I do miss both trains going at once, but that only detracts slightly from the experience. If the line is short enough, this is definitely an over and over again ride. 9/10
Even though they no longer duel because of dumb guests, these are still two awesome coasters. They're both more intense than the Hulk and are not to be missed.
I liked it a little rough but they should always have the trains going together 8/10

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